Roundup: The Wallpaper Backsplash

Putting in an elaborately tiled kitchen backsplash is a costly venture, but it's possible to achieve a similar patterned effect below your cabinets with wallpaper. Although a wallpapered backplash needs some kind of protection to make it easy to clean, we love the look, and it's certainly more budget-friendly than tile...

If you like the look of a wallpapered backsplash, here are a few things to keep in mind when you try the idea at home:

• Consider installing a layer of glass or plexiglass over the wallpaper to protect the surface from grease and other splashes. Check out this post for one example of the process from an Apartment Therapy house tour (fifth photo above).

• Certain wallpapers are designed with water-resistance in mind and can be used instead of tile. This "splash-proof" wallpaper from Graham and Brown comes in several cheerful patterns. Temporary vinyl wallpapers are also a great choice for renters who want a quick but lease-friendly kitchen update.

• Postcards, drawings, and other patterns of your own designs or from your own collection can easily be hung behind a sheet of plexiglass for a backsplash too. This post highlights some fun ideas.

• For an easy DIY tutorial, check out these instructions on HGTV's website.

Has anyone tried the wallpaper backsplash? How has it worked out?

(Images: Domino; My Favorite and My Best; Livingetc; Design*Sponge; Apartment Therapy; HGTV; O at Home/Black White Bliss; Orange Beautiful/Real Living)